Atlanta Hawks backup center Zaza Pachulia was officially warned by the NBA for violating its anti-flopping policy on Tuesday, according to Ben Golliver of SI.com. Pachulia’s flop came in the fourth quarter of a 104-95 home victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday, December 7.
The 6-10 Georgian acted like he got hit in the jaw by whipping his head back and holding his mouth after Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin swung his elbows in an attempt to clear space while controlling a rebound. No foul or flop was called by the officials in the moment of play.
Pachulia became the eighth player warned under the new system, joining Reggie Evans (PF – Nets), Gerald Wallace (F – Nets), Chauncey Billups (G – Clippers), Patrick Patterson (F – Rockets), Kevin Martin (SG – Thunder), J.J. Barea (PG – T’wolves), and Donald Sloan (PG – Cavs). Brooklyn teammates Wallace and Evans have each been fined $5,000 for being repeat offendors.
If Pachulia gets caught flopping again, he will be subject to fines starting at $5,000. Here’s the breakdown of repeated violations:
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
For a sixth (or any subsequent) violation of the rule, the player will be subject to such discipline as the League determines is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.
If you’re wondering how Zaza feels about this, this tweet by AJC Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlmore explains it all:
Zaza Pachulia on anti-flop warning: “I would rather get a $5,000 fine than a broken jaw.” #ATLHawks
— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) December 12, 2012